I no longer believe in God. Meaning, a God who is this or that, a God who can be described, who can be known, who can be experienced.
But I'm very much open to the notion that One is at the heart of reality. Heck, I wrote a book called "Return to the One" about the teachings of Plotinus, a Neoplatonist Greek philosopher.
After all, something has to have always existed, or existence wouldn't exist. So why not call this the "One"? Just don't ascribe any attributes to the One, because the One couldn't have any attributes, being, obviously, One.
Interestingly, Osho Robbins asked a question of Gurinder Singh, the current guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (the spiritual organization I belonged to for about 35 years), that shows the guru looks upon God in much the same way as Plotinus did.
Which isn't how most RSSB disciples do.
They still think of God as some sort of person, or at least as a being that can be known. Likewise, they consider that heaven, or Sach Khand as RSSB terms it, is some sort of place rather than a quality of being or an essence of existence.
Here's what Osho Robbins sent me as a guest blog post. I'm pleased to share it. "BabaJi" is an Indian term of respect for the guru, Gurinder Singh.
His first response was “Are you trying to test me?”
I said “No,”, because I wasn’t – I just wanted him to comment on the subject.
The response he gave was pretty impressive but I somehow think hardly anyone in the congregation understood him.
What he said was that SARGUN is God with attributes – the path we all follow and NIRGUN is the goal – the God without any attributes – the ONE. Sargun is the MEANS and Nirgun is the END or GOAL.
So the Goal is to get to the ONE – where these is no duality.
This is in line with the notion that the Guru cannot come at the time of death because there is only ONE, and there is no place to take the soul.
The idea of the guru coming at death and taking the soul to Sach Khand is as naïve as the notion of Father Christmas.
Sach Khand is not a place – so why is everyone keen to go there? What do they think is awaiting them in Sach Khand?
The true goal of Sant Mat is to DIE. Meaning the EGO (the ‘I’) dies, which means there is no longer a YOU who wants to go to Sach Khand.
That is the real meaning of “die while living”. Eliminate the ego WHILE you are alive – realize there is no YOU – no separate self. Just a deluded little disciple who thinks he is privileged and will go to Sach Khand.
-- Osho Robbins